Mass. College Hockey: NU’s Rawlings Signs AHL Deal With Portland

By NoontimeSports.com

Courtesy of the Northeastern University sports information department, here’s this afternoon’s release about their former goaltender, Chris Rawlings, who recently signed an AHL (American Hockey League) deal with the Portland Pirates:

PORTLAND, Maine – Northeastern’s all-time leader in career shutouts (11) Chris Rawlings (2010-13) signed an AHL deal with the Portland Pirates for the 2013-14 season on Friday, July 19, as announced by Phoenix Coyotes assistant general manager and Portland Pirates general manager Brad Treliving.

Portland is Phoenix Coyotes’ American Hockey League affiliate.

After graduating from Northeastern last spring, Rawlings earned a taste of the professional ranks in both Portland and Idaho (ECHL). The North Delta, British Columbia, native made his professional debut with Idaho and appeared in two games for the Steelheads, totaling a 0.60 goals against average and a sterling .975 save percentage, including a shutout in his first professional start.

After proving worthy in the ECHL circuit, the 6’5 backstopper played in one game with Portland after inking an amateur tryout contract (ATO) with the Pirates on April 20, 2013. In that outing, Rawlings turned aside 19-of-20 shots in 40 minutes of action in the club’s regular season finale against Bridgeport.

Rawlings was a staple between the pipes on Huntington Avenue for the last four seasons and rewrote the record books throughout his tenure.

Not only does the Canadian product own the school record in career shutouts, Rawlings rests amongst the top three in numerous career goaltending categories.

Rawlings was the second-most tested goalie in school history behind Bruce Racine (1984-88) with 123 total games played. His 3,522 total saves and .914 save percentage are also second best in school history while his 2.83 goals against and 47 victories were third best in the Huskies’ annals.

From Nov. 18 to Dec. 10, 2011, Rawlings posted a career-high six game-winning streak and registered a four-year best 47 saves against Providence on Feb. 18, 2012. Rawlings even managed to pick up four assists to help his own cause.

The 2013-14 season gets under way in just a little over two months when the Huskies welcomes Dalhousie University for an exhibition bout on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. Northeastern’s first series of the regular season takes place against Alabama-Huntsville on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 11-12, at Matthews Arena.

Mass. College Hockey: Friday Evening Roundup

Connor Toomey's overtime goal lifted the Warriors past the Minutemen! (Photo Credit: Hockey East)

Connor Toomey’s overtime goal lifted the Warriors past the Minutemen! (Photo Credit: Hockey East)

By Matt Noonan

Another evening of men’s college hockey is in the books and below are the summaries.

Boston College 4, Vermont 4 (OT) – Steven Whitney‘s second goal of the evening in the third helped the Eagles secure a point on the road. Johnny Gaudreau and Destry Straight each netted a goal, while Parker Milner deflected 17 shots between the pipes.

Boston University 4, Northeastern University 2 – Ryan Santana assisted on two of the Terriers goals, Danny O’Regan deposited his 13th strike of the season as BU defeated Northeastern at Matthews Arena. Wade Megan and Adam Reid lit the lamp for the Huskies, while goaltender Chris Rawlings turned away 33 of 37 shots between the pipes.

Providence College 3, UMass Lowell 0 – The Friars received goals from three different skaters that helped them defeat the Red Hawks in Lowell. The hosts, though, outshot the visitors, 31-26, but finished 0 for 5 on the power play. Both squads will tangle tomorrow evening in Providence.

Merrimack College 4, UMass 3 (OT) – Connor Toomey‘s extra session strike lifted the Warriors past the Minutemen in North Andover. UMass rallied to tie the game in the third with goals from Conor Sheary and Rocco Carzo before Toomey secured the win for the hosts at 1:45 in overtime.

Canisius College 4, Bentley University 0 – Preston Shupe netted back-to-back goals during the final frame as the Golden Griffins defeated the Falcons and earned their first win in their Atlantic Hockey Association best-of-three series.

RIT 2, AIC 1 – Despite a tally from Jon Puskar that evened the score, the Tigers responded with the eventual game-winner from Josh Mitchell roughly 16 minutes later as RIT defeated American International and earned their first win their Atlantic Hockey Association best-of-three series.

Harvard 2, Dartmouth 1 – Brian Hart‘s third period goal lifted the Crimson past the Big Green and provided the visitors with their first ECAC first round victory.

Mass. College Hockey: Vermont Skates Past Northeastern, 2-1

By Matt Noonan 

BOSTON, MA – The last time these two squads met, Vermont relied on a pair of goals from Chris McCarthy, which helped the Catamounts get past Northeastern University.

On Friday, Vermont didn’t need McCarthy, but instead one goal each from Jacob Fallon and Ben Albertson to secure a 2-1 win over the Huskies at Matthews Arena.

“Well, congratulations to Vermont for winning and getting the two points,” said Northeastern coach Jim Madigan.

“I thought our effort in the first two periods was awful (and I) was disappointed in some of our older guys and how they played and didn’t step up. It was a key game, a game that was for us a desperation, trying to get back into the playoff hunt and we didn’t respond until we got into the third period, but you can’t win a game in this league by playing one period.”

The Huskies entered the contest looking to avenge Monday’s frustrating loss to Boston College in the 61st Boston Beanpot, but instead squandered offensive opportunities, which allowed the Catamounts to pick up their third road win of the season.

“I think we found a way to win (this game) on the road against a team that was desperate. I think Northeastern is a very good hockey team, I thought they battled their hearts out tonight, and I think our men did the same,” said Vermont coach Kevin Sneddon.

Despite a slow start to their 26th game of the season, Northeastern managed to earn the lead off a shot from Adam Reid on the team’s first power play. Cody Ferriero slid the puck past Vermont goaltender Brody Hoffman (26 saves) in the crease, and Reid wound up not once, but twice, which gave the Huskies a one-goal advantage.

“I didn’t think we had a lot of energy (following our first goal) on the ice and I didn’t think we had a good forecheck going,” said Madigan. “

“I just wasn’t happy at all (during) the first two periods. It was lackluster, it lacked energy for a game of this magnitude where desperation of trying to get points in the league, (and) we’re at home and we haven’t played well lately, (so) that effort is not acceptable.”

Vermont evened the score roughly four minutes later when Fallon deposited a rebound following a shot from Nick Luukko, who slapped the puck from the point, which bounced off the Northeastern netminder Chris Rawlings (32 saves) left pad.

The Catamounts doubled their goal total at 11:29 in the second when Albertson received a pass in the zone from Caylen Walls and fired the puck past Rawlings.

Vermont’s second goal proved to be the difference, as it energized the Catamounts toward trying to grow their lead, but unfortunately they were denied by the Northeastern backstop.

“(Chris) played well,” said Madigan. “I thought in the first two periods there he was tested a lot more and I thought he made some key saves for us, and I thought in the third period there was a little less traffic around the net, but a little less in terms of quality chances in the third period, but yeah he gave us a chance, kept us in their like that first goal, (which is) one he probably should have (stopped).”

Northeastern exhibited more energy during the final frame, but also desperation to tie the game, too. It really wasn’t until their final power play of the game where the Huskies created chances, but Hoffman managed to turn away shots from Kevin Roy and Vinny Saponari to seal the victory.

“I thought (Hoffman) was excellent,” said Sneddon. “He actually made (a key save toward the end) and we left the guy to tap in the rebound, so I thought he was again one of our MVP’s if not the MVP tonight. He just gives us a chance to win every time he plays.”

With the win, Vermont improves to 9-14-4 overall and 6-10-4 in the Hockey East, while Northeastern drops to 8-15-3 and 4-12-3.

Both squads will meet for the final time this season tomorrow evening at the Matthews; face-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

Mass. College Hockey: Vermont 2, Northeastern 1 (Game Summary)

By Matt Noonan 

BOSTON, MA – The Vermont Catamounts tallied two goals – one in the first by Jacob Fallon and one in the second by Ben Albertson, which helped them defeat Northeastern University on Friday evening at the Matthews Arena, 2-1.

Adam Reid provided Northeastern with a 1-0 lead after he followed his initial shot, which bounced off Brody Hoffman’s pads.

Vermont answered with a Fallons strike – a rebound goal that bounced off Chris Rawlings’s pad following a shot from the point by Nick Luukko.

The Catamounts doubled their goal total at 11:29 in the second when Albertson received a pass in the zone from Caylen Walls and fired the puck past Rawlings.

Northeastern had a few chances during the final minutes to deposit the equalizer, but Hoffman denied the chances.

Both squads will meet for the final time this season tomorrow evening at the Matthews; face-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

61st Boston Beanpot: BC Skates Past Northeastern, Claims Fourth Consecutive Title (Game Summary)

By Matt Noonan 

BOSTON, MA – Johnny Gaudrea netted the game-clincher with 5:23 remaining in the third, as Boston College soared past Northeastern University, 6-3, and claimed their fourth consecutive Beanpot championship.

The Eagles were held without a goal for close to 31 minutes before Bill Arnold slapped a one-timer past Chris Rawlings, which provided Boston College a lead they’d never relinquish.

Gaudreau doubled the Eagles lead two minutes after Arnold’s strike before Northeastern responded with a goal from Kevin Roy, which brought the Huskies within one. However, the Eagles halted their opponent’s moment by potting two more strikes, which came off the sticks of Patrick Brown and Steven Whitney that provided BC with a 4-1 advantage after two frames.

Northeastern rallied during the opening minutes of the final stanza with goals from Roy and Branden Pimm, but Gaudreau’s second goal of the evening sealed the victory for the Eagles.

Boston College tallied one more goal during the final minutes, as Pat Mullane netted an open-net goal, which secured the win.